Join the CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting January 30, 2020 at the Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial in Trenton. Meeting starts at 4:30 PM. Dinner will be served.
Education & Equity Committee Meeting
February 6, 2020 – 5:00 PM
CWA Local 1033 321 W. State St., Trenton
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CWA Local 1033 Education & Equity Committee Meeting will be held on November 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM at the local headquarters, 321 West State Street Trenton, NJ. Join us!
If attending, please RSVP by 11/25 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting in January 2020, Aetna will NO longer provide plans through the NJ State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) medical plan for active employees and early retirees. SHBP recently rebid the medical contract for active members and early retirees; Horizon’s price and presentation were deemed superior — they will be the sole carrier for SHBP active employees and early retirees. Aetna will continue to provide the Medicare Advantage and Dental Expense plans.
This means that anyone in an Aetna PPO (Freedom), HMO, tiered network (Liberty), or high deductible plan will need to switch to a Horizon plan during the October open enrollment.
The plan design (coverage, copays, deductibles) for the Aetna options is identical to the plan design for the Horizon equivalent. However, there can be significant differences in networks particularly in certain geographic areas and for Tier One of the Tiered network plans (Aetna Liberty; Horizon Omnia.)
Current Aetna members living out-of-state should understand that while Horizon directly contracts with a limited number of out-of-state providers they will have access to the robust networks of local Blue Cross affiliates like Independence Blue Cross in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Empire Blue Cross in New York through the Blue Card program.
Since the Horizon and Aetna PPO (Freedom, Freedom 10, 15, 15/25, etc) plans have a huge overlap of providers, most Aetna PPO members will see little change in switching to the Horizon equivalent plan. For instance, all acute care hospitals in New Jersey, NYC, and Philly are in-network with Horizon. However, there are some medical practices and specialty providers (mental health, physical therapy, chiropractic, etc) that are not in the Horizon network.
To find out whether your regular provider is in the Horizon network check the Horizon website and contact your provider to confirm as insurance company lists of participating providers are often out of date.
Members in the Aetna HMO should seriously consider switching to the CWA Unity PPO plan for the following reasons:
Aetna Liberty members should carefully review the Horizon Omnia (tiered network plan) tier one providers as going to tier two providers, even though they are considered in-network, is expensive.
There are some areas like Middlesex where Horizon has a strong tier one provider network but others such as Mercer and Burlington where there are gaps. Check the Horizon list of tier one providers and confirm this with your regular professional providers.
Without our union, Steve Sweeney would have forced a high deductible plan on us all. The Direct Primary Care initiative (no copays), lower healthcare contributions (payroll deductions,) the $1000 bonus for joining the Omnia tiered network for a year, and the new zero copay for mail order generic drugs for active members (effective November 1) are the result when we join together in union.
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CWA Local 1033 Education & Equity Committee Meeting will be held on September 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM at the local headquarters, 321 West State Street Trenton, NJ. Join us!
Today we remember our brother, CWA LOCAL 1103 Chief Steward Gerry Horgan. Gerry, remembered as “natural born leader” and “the epitome of what a union representative should be,” was killed on this day 30 years ago while on the picket line, fighting alongside his CWA brothers and sisters for healthcare benefits in the 1989 strike against NYNEX.
If you’ve ever asked yourself why we wear red on Thursdays, it started for Gerry – at his funeral a line of CWAers wearing red stretched for a mile along the route to the church, and members began wearing red on Thursdays to honor and remember Gerry, a tradition that has spread throughout the country and continued to this day. #CWASTRONG #IfItsThursdayWeWearRed
Join us at or CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting on September 26, 2019 at the Patriots Theater at the Trenton War Memorial. Dinner will be served, meeting starts at 4:30PM